I have some misgivings about the number of WPOTY pictures that were taken remotely (i.e. triggered by infrared sensor, with the photographer still in bed somewhere else).
No patience, no stealth - just find an animal track and leave a camera there for a couple of months.
Then you have the under 16 age group with $multi-thousand truck-loads of Image Stabilised, zillion mega frames-per-second, 600mm/f4 gear, in $multi-thousand destinations (South Georgia, anyone?)
Realising you can't compete, you back to film and a folder..... so there are some positive things that come out of it :o)